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US teacher killed in Yemen

MSNBC World News  March 18, 2012

Updated at 10:30 a.m. ET: A gunman riding on the back of a motorcycle shot to death an American teacher in the city of Taiz, Yemen, on Sunday, a high-ranking government official there told NBC News.

The official said the teacher, an adviser at a Swedish-affiliated institute, died immediately after he was struck by gunfire Sunday morning while in a vehicle. Taiz is about 50 miles south of the Yemeni capital of Sanaa.

Officials from the institute identified the victim as Joel Shrun and said he was born in 1983.

A group linked to al-Qaida claimed responsibility. “This operation comes as a response to the campaign of Christian proselytizing that the West has launched against Muslims,” an unidentified person said in a text message to journalists, claiming responsibility on behalf of the Ansar al-Sharia (Partisans of Islamic Law).

March 18, 2012 Posted by | Civilian Contractors, Contractor Casualties | , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Bomb kills eight NATO troops in southern Afghanistan, seven are Americans

BBC Southeast Asia  May 26, 2011

The incident is the deadliest single attack on foreign troops in a month. Nato initially confirmed the deaths but declined to disclose the nationalities.

Earlier, a Nato helicopter crashed in eastern Afghanistan, killing one soldier, officials said.

Almost 200 foreign troops have been killed by militants in Afghanistan so far this year.

Tafsir Khogyani, commander of the border police for southern Afghanistan, told the BBC’s Bilal Sarwary in Kabul: “According to our initial information, Coalition and Afghan police went to destroy a Taliban container which had some explosives and weapons. As soon as the helicopter landed and other Isaf forces were patrolling, the explosion took place.

“It took place in Shorabak district 19km (12 miles) from the Pakistani border.”

Shorabak district lies between the districts of Registan and Spin Boldak.

Spin Boldak police chief Gen Abdul Raziq told the BBC that insurgents had been cleared from the area only two months ago.

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May 26, 2011 Posted by | Afghanistan, NATO, Safety and Security Issues | , , , , | Leave a comment